Albertine Makes 28,000 French-Language Ebooks Newly Available in the US

New York City’s Albertine Books — “the French one” to locals on Fifth Avenue — adds a huge assortment of French-language ebooks to its offerings.

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By Porter Anderson, Editor-in-Chief | @Porter_Anderson

Eighty-Eight Publishers Represented in Offering

The “diversity and richness of French and Francophone literature” is reflected, says François-Xavier Schmit, in the major new expansion of ebooks he is offering at Albertine.

The bookshop and reading room at 972 Fifth Avenue positions itself as New York’s only French bookshop, and has brought books from some of France’s best-known publishing houses into its huge new catalog of ebooks. A total 88 French publishers are represented in the collection, including Actes Sud, Minuit, Flammarion, and Gallimard.

The surprise for many may be some of the titles that have not been available in the US market before now in French.

For example, a quick search for the expected Kindle edition of Albert Camus’ iconic l’Etranger, gets you only, “This title is not currently available for purchase” on the site.

The situation appears to be similar for Patrick Modiano’s Pour que tu ne te perdes pas dans le quartier and for Mathias Enard’s Boussole.

Schmit likes to stress the community aspects of his store’s standing in New York. In a prepared statement, he says:

“French authors speak at numerous festivals and literary events across the United States.  Albertine’s mission and that of the Cultural Services of the French Embassy is to support authors as much as possible in these endeavors, most notably by providing a platform to sell and share their works with the public.”

There’s more: Read the full story at Publishing Perspectives

By Porter Ander­son

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